Martin Luther looks for fourth straight title
by Zach Morrissey
Nov 30, 2011 | 2162 views | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After an amazing 2010-2011 wrestling season, the Martin Luther School Cougars are hoping to win their fourth straight Independent Private and Parochail Schools Athletic League (IPPSAL) title.

The Cougars are led by coaches Jim Regan and Matt Moran. Moran was Private Schools Athletic Association (PSAA) Coach of the Year for 2011, while Regan was Coach of the Year for 2009 and 2010. Regan has been wrestling coach at Martin Luther for the past 34 years, and holds the record for most wrestling wins by a coach.

This season Regan has five returning wrestlers who finished in the top six in their weight class at the New York State Private School Championship (NYSPSC). Regan is ready for his men to win a fourth straight IPPSAL title and a third straight PSAA title, but said winning the state title is the biggest goal of all.

One returning member is senior captain Jason Cuadrado. At last year's NYSPSC, he finished second in the 130-pound weight class. Cuadrado was also PSAA All-Conference and won Most Outstanding Wrestler for Martin Luther.

He led the team in dual takedowns with 17 and escapes with 17. His goal for this year is to win his weight class at NYSPSC.

Another returning member is sophomore Kyle Morrissey. Morrissey was only the second Cougar in school history to win his weight class in the NYSPSC as a freshman. He was 105-pound state champion, PSAA All-Conference, and Martin Luther’s Co-Rookie of the Year.

Morrissey had a 27-4 overall record and a perfect 16-0 dual record. He also led the team with 72 team dual points.

Other returning members are ready to have a great year. Junior George Aristov said he hopes to win more this year after winning only one match last season. Other returning members are sophomores Alex Ortiz, who was fifth in the 160-pound weight class at NYSPSC, named PSSA All-Conference, and was Co-Rookie of the Year, and Antonio Bartallini, who finished fifth in the Heavyweight Class at state.

Rounding out the returning members is Thomas McGloughlin, who finished sixth in the 125-pound. weight class at state and was named to the PSAA All-Conference team.

The Cougars open their 2011-2012 season on December 3 at the Lexington School of the Deaf Tournament.
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